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MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE & CIVILIZATION

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									University of Northern Colorado                                      Hispanic Studies




                       CONTEMPORARY CHICANO LITERATURE
                            CAN C HICANO(S) SPEAK ?




Instructor: Jungwon Park, PhD.                                  Office: Candelaria 008
Phone: (970) 351-2452                                 Email: jungwon.park@unco.edu
Class: M, W, F 12:20 –13:10 (Candelaria 0315)
Office Hours: Tu 10:00-11:30 / W 13:20- 14:10, or by appt.




A. COURSE DISCRIPTION:

       This course explores Chicana/o’s experiences and voices from the 1940’s to
       the present through the literary texts and films. We examine how Chicanas/os
       become aware of their realities as well as how they construct and negotiate
       their identity in the U.S. as a process of building their own voices. In
       particular, we will closely look at related issues such as migration,
       bilingualism, multi-national citizenship, Chicano movements and feminism,
       and border culture. Texts include 5 foundational novels, and films, corridos
       and other popular production will be studied in order to extend the idea of
       literature and culture.


B. COURSE OBJECTIVES:

       a) To understand basic concepts of literary analysis and to train critical
          reading, discussion and writing skill.
       b) To learn about the historical, political and cultural development of
          “Chicana/o identity.”
       c) To think analytically and critically about many of the elements that we
          often take for granted in relation to cultural identities such as nation, race,
          gender and class.
       d) To apply to the texts “close reading” which means paying careful attention
          to a text, its language, its techniques and organization, its narrative
          strategy and its relation to other texts.

C. COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

       a) ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION: Class attendance is required.
          Anyone having more than three absences will have his/her grade
          lowered. Anyone with 10 or more absences recieves an F for the course.
          Participation means: being prepared, listening attentively, willingly and


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          actively participating in class activies. Complete all readings, homework
          and other activities in a timely manner and before the class session to
          which they correspond. Frequency and quality of your contribution will
          determine the points you will receive for participation. Fifteen percent of
          the final grade (150 points) is based upon class attendance, preparation,
          and participation. All assignments are due on the date assigned, whether
          or not you are in class.

      b) EXAMS, THREE UNIT EXAMS AND ONE FINAL EXAM will be given which
         assess vocabulary, oral and written skills, cultural knowledge and critical
         thinking. Exams include reading and oral comprehension sections, various
         objective types of vocabulary and factual assesment, cultural content, and
         critical thinking essay questions. Thirty percent of the final grade (300
         points) is based upon the three unit exams, and Fifteen percent of the final
         grade (150 points) is based upon the Final Exam.

      c) ORAL PRESENTATION: during the semester each student will present one
         individual ten minute oral presentation, incorporating vocabulary and
         content on the texts we study. Power points may be used, but do not read
         the power point infor from the screen. If a power pont is used, a copy must
         be turned in to the instructor one day before your presentation. Note cards
         may be used, but do not read the presentation from text or cards. Twenty
         percent of the final grade (200 points) is based upon these presentations,
         including content, preparation and handout.

      d) ESSAY PROJECT: one essay (3 pages and bibliography, double-spaced, 12
         ponts) will be assigned. You can choose one of the artistic works (novels
         and films) we study during the couse, and do critical writing on it by
         interpretating the period, characters and the plot and articulating with
         Mexican-American context. Twenty percent of the final grade (200 points)
         is based upon the essay.

D. GRADING POLICY:
     ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION (150 pts)                    15%
     1 ESSAY PROJECT (200 pts)                                 20%
     3 UNIT EXAMS (300 pts)                                    30%
     1 ORAL PRESENTATION (150 pts)                             20%
     FINAL EXAM (150 pts)                                      15%
     TOTAL                                                     100%

NOTE: PLUS/MINUS Grading Scale is used in this class based upon final percentage:
A 93-100%; A- 90-92.9%; B+ 87-89.9%; B 83-86.9%; B- 80-82.9%; C+ 77-79.9%;
C 73-76.9%; C- 70-72.9%; D+ 67-69.9%; D 63-66.9%; D- 60-62.9%; F= below 59.9%

E. REQUIRED MATERIALS

1) Acosta, Oscar Zeta. The Revolt of the Cockroach People, Vintage, 1989
2) Anaya, Rudolfo. Bless me, Ultima, Grand Central Publishing, 1999.
3) Cisneros, Sandra. Women Hollering Creek: And Other Stories. Vintage, 1992.
4) Paredes, Américo. George Washington Gómez, Arte Público Press, 1994


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5) Rivera, Tomás. And The Earth Did Not Devour Him, Arte Público Press, 1992


F. DISABILITY ACCESS: Students with disabilities who believe that they may need
accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Disability Support
Services Center, 970-351-2289, as soon as possible to better ensure such
accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

G. COURSE SCHEDULE

Section 1: Overarching Chicana/o’s Past and Present

Week 1
     Jan 12           Introduction to the course syllabus and expectations

      Jan 14          Cultural and historical background (I)
                          “Cultural Understanding Via Wetback Jokes” by Gustavo
                           Arellano (article available in Blackboard)

      Jan 16          Cultural and historical background (II)
                      “The Hispanic Challenge” by Samuel P. Huntington (article
                       available in Blackboard)


Week 2
      Jan 19          Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO CLASS-

       Jan 21         Cultural and historical background (III)
                      “The Homeland, Aztlán / El otro México” in Borderlands/La
                       Frontera: The New Mestiza, by Gloria Anzaldúa, (article
                       available in Blackboard)

       Jan 23          Film, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,


Week 3
         Jan 26/ 28    Film, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Discussion

         Jan 30        Exam (I)


Section 2: Migration trajectory and Identity Formation

Week 4
         Feb 2/4/6     And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Tomás Rivera.


Week 5
         Feb 9/11      And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Tomás Rivera.


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         Feb 13       Bless me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya


Week 6
         Feb 16/18/20 Bless me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya


Week 7
         Feb 23/25    Bless me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya

          Feb 27      Exam (II)


Section3 : Marginality, Colectivity and Chicano Movement

Week 8
         Mar 2/4/6    Film, Zoot Suit and Discussion


Week 9
          Mar 9/11/13 The Revolt of the Cockroach People, Oscar Zeta Acosta.


Spring Break Week                 - No Class -


Week 10
          Mar 23/25/27 The Revolt of the Cockroach People, Oscar Zeta Acosta.


Section 4: Gender and Everyday Life Experience

Week 11
       Mar 30         Women Hollering Creek: And Other Stories, Sandra Cisneros

          Apr 1/3     Women Hollering Creek: And Other Stories, Sandra Cisneros


Special Section: Chicana/o Popuar Cultures

Week 12
          Apr 6      Chicano Music : traditional and contemporary corridos

          Apr 8      Guest Speaker: Sam Quinones (LA Times reporter)

           Apr 10     Exam (III)




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Week 13
            Apr 13/15/17   Women Hollering Creek: And Other Stories, Sandra
Cisneros


Week 14
            Apr 20/22/24   George Washington Gómez. Américo Paredes



Semana 15
       Apr 27/29      George Washington Gómez. Américo Paredes

           May 1      George Washington Gómez. Américo Paredes


Week 16
                           -Final examen and Paper Submission-




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